Bob on 04 21, 2009
While watching ESPN yesterday, there was comparison between Alexander ‘The Great’ Ovechkin and Tracy McGrady. This is not a flattering assessment for Ovechkin by any means. Incase you aren’t familiar with T-Mac, he has been an absolute flop in the playoffs, and frankly, he’s a scrub, but I’m not going to get into the Rockets ‘star.’
Currently the Washington Capitals are down 2 games to 1 to the New York Rangers.
A scoring machine in the regular season (56 goals), Alexander Ovechkin has been scoreless throughout the series. He tallied 2 assists in the first loss, put up a goose egg in the second game, and had 2 helpers last night while helping Washington get within a game. Too early to label him a choke artist? Possibly.
Like usual, I’ll play Devil’s Advocate and say no, it’s not. Ovechkin has all the talent in the world, but there are some players who just don’t have that ice running through their veins. You can go to the gym and bust your ass all day, but you simply cannot practice ‘clutch.’ Take Robert Horry for example…clutch is embedded in his DNA.
Alexander the Great pulled a Bill Belichek, sitting in on the Rangers practice. He must’ve taken something away from it seeing as he had a great game; dishing out 2 assists while leading his team to a win.
It’s difficult for any team in any sport to come back from a 2 game deficit. Given Ovechkin’s talent, I think there is a good possibility the Capitals can crawl back to take the series. I’m pulling for Washington, for the reason that number 8 is extremely entertaining to watch. However, if the Rangers should prevail, I think hockey fans and analysts should question Ovechkin and his ability to perform in clutch situations.
Side note: What the hell is up with the San Jose Sharks?